Communication Quotes

Most popular communication quotes

Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him. - Virginia Satir quote.
Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.

language

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. - Mark Twain quote.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

silence

Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.

wisdom empathy persuasion

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. - Peter Drucker quote.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

management listening

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw quote.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

management

Having a young child explain something exciting he has seen is the finest example of communication you will ever hear or see.

children

There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.

beliefs children

Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.

anger

It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.

management writing

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. - Mark Twain quote.
In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.

language

Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make more clear.

language

The two words "information" and "communication" are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through. - Sydney Harris quote.
The two words "information" and "communication" are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

language

Mincing your words makes it easier if you have to eat them later. - Franklin P. Jones quote.
Mincing your words makes it easier if you have to eat them later.

funny

By inflection you can say much more than your words do. - Malcolm S. Forbes quote.
By inflection you can say much more than your words do.
Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying, "I love you." - Judith Viorst quote.
Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying, "I love you."

love

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. - Hermann Hesse quote.
Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.
North Americans communicate through buttons, T-shirts and bumper stickers the way some cultures use drums.
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. - Robert Southey quote.
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
You can suffocate a thought by expressing it with too many words.
If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.
Say what you have to say, not what you ought. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
Say what you have to say, not what you ought.

speak your mind

Why doesn't the fellow who says "I'm no speechmaker" let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration? - Kin Hubbard quote.
Why doesn't the fellow who says "I'm no speechmaker" let it go at that instead of giving a demonstration?

funny oratory

The reason we make a long story short is so that we can tell another.

funny

To base thought only on speech is to try nailing whispers to the wall. Writing freezes thought and offers it up for inspection.

speech writing

The genius of communication is the ability to be both totally honest and totally kind at the same time.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. - Harriet Beecher Stoew quote.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

action tears

Sometimes good intentions and feelings are of greater moment than the awkwardness of their expression.
What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human handclasp.

letters

Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit.

conversation parenting

The less you talk, the more you're listened to. - Abigail Van Buren quote.
The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

conversation

Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression. - Mark Helprin quote.
Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.

timing silence

Use soft words and hard arguments.
— English proverb

proverbs English proverbs

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time a tremendous whack. - Winston Churchill quote.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time a tremendous whack.
One thought driven home is better than three left on base.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. - Albert Schweitzer quote.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

persuasion example

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.

silence

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. - Fyodor Dostoyevsky quote.
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.

unhappiness speak your mind

Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use. - Samuel Butler quote.
Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use.

money words

His words leap across rivers and mountains, but his thoughts are still only six inches long. - E. B. White quote.
His words leap across rivers and mountains, but his thoughts are still only six inches long.

witty insults

When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy. - Voltaire quote.
When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.

philosophy

There is nothing that can't be made worse by telling. - Terence quote.
There is nothing that can't be made worse by telling.
Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Professors simply can't discuss a thing. Habit compels them to deliver a lecture.
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. - Robert Burton quote.
A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
If you think before you speak the other fellow gets in his joke first. - E. W. Howe quote.
If you think before you speak the other fellow gets in his joke first.
That which we are capable of feeling, we are capable of saying. - Cervantes quote.
That which we are capable of feeling, we are capable of saying.
Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
He was as uncommunicative as a vending machine. - Lewis H. Lapham quote.
He was as uncommunicative as a vending machine.
I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it. - J. R. R. Tolkien quote.
I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it.
The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing, but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed.

proverbs

Think like a wise man but express yourself like the common people. - W. B. Yeats quote.
Think like a wise man but express yourself like the common people.
W. B. Yeats Letters on Poetry from W. B. Yeats to Dorothy Wellesley

advisory writing advice

The glance is natural magic. The mysterious communication established across a house between two entire strangers, moves all the springs of wonder. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
The glance is natural magic. The mysterious communication established across a house between two entire strangers, moves all the springs of wonder.

body language

To be misunderstood even by those whom one loves is the cross and bitterness of life. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel quote.
To be misunderstood even by those whom one loves is the cross and bitterness of life.

understanding others

What you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying.
This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half. - Francis Bacon quote.
This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.

friendship

Sometimes there is greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence. - Faith Baldwin quote.
Sometimes there is greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence.
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment. - Pearl Buck quote.
Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
Men and women belong to different species, and communication between them is a science still in its infancy. - Bill Cosby quote.
Men and women belong to different species, and communication between them is a science still in its infancy.

men and women

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. - Steven Covey quote.
In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.
Steven Covey The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective. - Steven Covey quote.
When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.
Steven Covey The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Communicating is a contact sport.  Your ability to communicate is the single most important skill determining your success in every aspect of your life.
Bert Decker You’ve Got to Be Believed to Be Heard
To be a recipient of a communication is to have an enlarged and changed experience. - John Dewey quote.
To be a recipient of a communication is to have an enlarged and changed experience.
John Dewey Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education
Art is the most effective mode of communication that exists. - John Dewey quote.
Art is the most effective mode of communication that exists.
You must possess at the same time the habit of communicating and the habit of listening.  The union is rather rare, but irresistible. - Benjamin Disraeli quote.
You must possess at the same time the habit of communicating and the habit of listening.  The union is rather rare, but irresistible.
The communication
Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. - T. S. Eliot quote.
The communication
Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

death

Man does not live on bread alone; his other necessity is communication.
Take the two popular words today, "information" and "communication."  They are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through. - Sydney Harris quote.
Take the two popular words today, "information" and "communication."  They are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
Banality is a symptom of non-communication.  Men hide behind their clichés. - Eugène Ionesco quote.
Banality is a symptom of non-communication.  Men hide behind their clichés.
Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible. - Carl Jung quote.
Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.

loneliness

It was hard to communicate with you.  You were always communicating with yourself.  The line was busy.
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. - Stephen King quote.
The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
We are all so clumsy...and words are all we have, poor signals like bonfires and flags trying to express what shipwreck is.
Rose Wilder Lane Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane: Forty Years of Friendship

words

I feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up. - Tom Lehrer quote.
I feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to shut up.
Good communication is stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
Good communication is stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Let us make a special effort to learn to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation. - Judith Martin quote.
Let us make a special effort to learn to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.
Each one of us is alone in the world.  He is shut in a tower of brass, and can communicate with his fellows only by signs, and the signs have no common value, so that their sense is vague and uncertain.  We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them. - W. Somerset Maugham quote.
Each one of us is alone in the world.  He is shut in a tower of brass, and can communicate with his fellows only by signs, and the signs have no common value, so that their sense is vague and uncertain.  We seek pitifully to convey to others the treasures of our heart, but they have not the power to accept them, and so we go lonely, side by side but not together, unable to know our fellows and unknown by them.
If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication. - Benjamin Mays quote.
If what is communicated is false, it can hardly be called communication.
Whether clear or garbled, tumultuous or silent, deliberate or fatally inadvertent, communication is the ground of meeting and the foundation of community. It is, in short, the essential human connection. - Ashley Montagu quote.
Whether clear or garbled, tumultuous or silent, deliberate or fatally inadvertent, communication is the ground of meeting and the foundation of community. It is, in short, the essential human connection.
There is no pleasure to me without communication; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind but I grieve that I have no one to tell it to. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
There is no pleasure to me without communication; there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind but I grieve that I have no one to tell it to.
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.  It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. - Edward Murrow quote.
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.  It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. - J. B. Priestley quote.
The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
The whole task of psychotherapy is the task of dealing with a failure in communication.  The emotionally maladjusted person, the "neurotic," is in difficulty first, because communication with himself has broken down, and second because, as a result of this, his communication with others has been damaged. - Carl Ransom Rogers quote.
The whole task of psychotherapy is the task of dealing with a failure in communication.  The emotionally maladjusted person, the "neurotic," is in difficulty first, because communication with himself has broken down, and second because, as a result of this, his communication with others has been damaged.
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. - Leo Rosten quote.
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Leo Rosten The Return of H*y*m*a*n K*a*p*l*a*n
My God! The English language is a form of communication!  Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at!  Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill!  Words aren't only bombs and bullets—no, they're little gifts, containing meanings! - Philip Roth quote.
My God! The English language is a form of communication!  Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at!  Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill!  Words aren't only bombs and bullets—no, they're little gifts, containing meanings!

conversation

If you want to communicate with another thinking human being, get in touch with your thoughts.  Put them in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce. - William Safire quote.
If you want to communicate with another thinking human being, get in touch with your thoughts.  Put them in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.
I see communication as a huge umbrella that covers and affects all that goes on between human beings.  Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships she or he makes with others and what happens to each in the world. - Virginia Satir quote.
I see communication as a huge umbrella that covers and affects all that goes on between human beings.  Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships she or he makes with others and what happens to each in the world.
To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thoughts into few words stamps the man of genius. - Arthur Schopenhauer quote.
To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity. To gather much thoughts into few words stamps the man of genius.
A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals.  He isn't telling or teaching or ordering.  Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing. - John Steinbeck quote.
A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals.  He isn't telling or teaching or ordering.  Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing.

writers

Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. - Deborah Tannen quote.
Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.
Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false, or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act. - James Thurber quote.
Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false, or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.
The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it.
Communication would be vastly improved if everyone who wrote and spoke were content to be understood without needing to be admired.
When you say something you think are just saying something, but you are largely communicating why you had to say it.